Whether your wooden shutters are for practical or aesthetic purposes, you still need to keep them clean every once in a while. Naturally, before proceeding with any sort of cleaning procedure, you would do well to check what the manufacturer recommends and takes note of in terms of keeping your shutters clean.
For this task, you will need a vacuum cleaner with a soft brush attachment, a piece of dusting cloth, a toothbrush and some wood polish for good measure. From here on, it’s simply a matter of following the procedure carefully and accurately.
Half Price Shutters shares some pointers on how to clean your wooden shutters properly:
- Attach the soft brush head to your vacuum cleaner and gently use it on your shutters to capture dust, pollen and other microparticles that can eventually build up and become debris in your residence.
- Spray a dusting cloth with wood polish and do a thorough dusting at least once a week.
- Be sure to take note of whether your shutters have crevices or small grooves that may serve as irritating “hiding places” for dirt and dust. Clean gently with your spray polish-enhanced toothbrush and reach even the most hard-to-reach areas for cleaning.
- Avoid using traditional soap and water in these operations; otherwise, you might end up permanently damaging or warping the wood.
To summarise the procedure: Dust natural wood shutters (or wash them in place if painted). Use plastic or a drop cloth to cover the floor and sill, clean with a brush dipped in a detergent-and-water solution, rinse, dry and repeat. Make sure not to use any commercial all-purpose cleaners on your interior wood shutters, as you run the risk of shutter discolouration and permanent staining!
Lastly, remember to follow basic safety procedures when cleaning your windows, especially if you’re going to do so using a standard-length ladder — make sure it’s stable, of the appropriate length, and able to withstand bumps and such while still staying in place. Don’t worry about the extra cash you’ll spend at the hardware store; it’s better to be safe than sorry.